?A third Hillmount garden centre is set to open in Co Down, creating 25 new jobs.?The latest garden centre in the Hillmount family will open in Newtownards later this year at an investment of ?1m.The Mercer family opened their first nursery in Castlereagh almost 80 years ago and now also have a store in Bangor.?The new Hillmount store will be in the former Thriving Life Church, at the junction of Movilla Road and Ballyreagh Road. The new centre will also have a 55 seater restaurant ?The Gardeners Rest?.
Alan Mercer, managing director of Hillmount, said: “Now is the perfect time for us to expand our business for the next generation and we are excited to be setting down roots in Ards, a town Edith has always considered to be her home shopping town having grown up in Greyabbey.?The building has such a beautiful perspective and we know Hillmount Ards will bloom with an amazing team helping us.
“We are committed to investing in the local area and to offering local jobs to local people, as well as providing the community in Ards the same great value and great choice that our loyal customers enjoy at our sister garden centres in Bangor and Castlereagh.”